It’s been a minute. I always start writing these in my head and never quite get around to posting anything. I’m always looking for that hook – the thing I should focus on – my content calendar development, ugh, it’s exhausting.
So instead, I’m just going to share a random update, thought or idea that I think might be helpful to someone. We will cover a wide range of topics from banners to beauty to butterflies. Today’s update, butterflies…..
Black Swallowtail butterflies to be exact. Many years ago, Alex and I planted some parsley on the front stoop – our first attempt at a #stoopgarden. When I found a little black and white caterpillar on the parsley I was intrigued to figure out what it was.
I learned a lot – butterflies lay eggs on different plants that can support their young. Parsley is a favorite of the black swallowtail. So I brought it inside and put it in a net that I bought on Amazon and watched the magic happen. In a few days, you have this beautiful caterpillar. I know Monarch chrysalis is iconic, but this is really the iconic caterpillar.
They eat all your parsley and in a few weeks, you get a beautiful butterfly.
You can tell the girls from the boys by their coloring. The girls have a lot more blue and the boys have a lot more yellow. (maybe these should be the new “baby colors” for gender reveal parties)
This year I currently have the following growing in my butterfly net.
- 21 baby caterpillars (still in their black and white stage)
- 2 eggs
Follow along and I will try to post updates of the babies as they emerge. I’m also posting them on my Instagram.